MSS40218 Certificate IV In Environmental Monitoring and Technology

National ID
MSS40218
WA Course Code
BEA9
CRICOS code
099967D
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Why choose this course?

Turn your passion for the environment into a rewarding career with this qualification. With a growing awareness of the importance of the conservation and environmental impact of business, this is a good time to join this industry.

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to conduct environmental sampling, testing and monitoring in a variety of industry sectors. It provides technical training across a range of industry sectors, such as environmental monitoring, sampling and field testing (eg air, water, soil and rocks), geotechnical services, natural resource management, water supply and treatment, storm and wastewater management, and solid and hazardous waste management.

During this course you will gain the practical skills and knowledge to collect and analyse environmental samples and process environmental data for the purpose of minimising the impact of human activity on the environment. You will have the opportunity to undertake a range of field-based activities including vegetation surveys, geological formation recognition, water and soil sampling and testing and the use of global positioning system (GPS) in environmental monitoring applications.

You will learn how to collect routine site samples, undertake environmental field-based monitoring, work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician, and process and present environmental data. In addition you will implement environmental management plans and procedures.

Career opportunities

  • Ecological Fieldhand
  • Environmental Officer
  • Water Resources Officer

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 11.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $560
  • Materials fee: $100

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
MSS40218 Certificate IV In Environmental Monitoring and Technology - BEA9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 8 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
  • MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024013 Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician
  • MSS024014 Implement environmental management plans and procedures
  • MSS024015 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
  • MSS024016 Process and present environmental data
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
  • MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL973013 Perform basic tests
  • MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • MSL974021 Perform biological procedures
  • MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024018 Perform sampling and testing of water
  • MSS025023 Plan and conduct environmental project work

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written and knowledge based questions, assignments such as projects and evidence portfolios and direct observation including role plays and practical activities.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to a fully equipped wet and analytical laboratory, computers, staff driven vehicles, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, learning games (quiz, memory cards, flash cards), safety meeting minutes and historical data sheets.

Facilities and equipment may include access to field and laboratory record forms, laboratory coats, safety glasses and gloves, and sampling equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $560
  • Materials fee: $100

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
MSS40218 Certificate IV In Environmental Monitoring and Technology - BEA9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 8 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
  • MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024013 Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician
  • MSS024014 Implement environmental management plans and procedures
  • MSS024015 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
  • MSS024016 Process and present environmental data
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
  • MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL973013 Perform basic tests
  • MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • MSL974021 Perform biological procedures
  • MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024018 Perform sampling and testing of water
  • MSS025023 Plan and conduct environmental project work

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written and knowledge based questions, assignments such as projects and evidence portfolios and direct observation including role plays and practical activities.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to a fully equipped wet and analytical laboratory, computers, staff driven vehicles, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, learning games (quiz, memory cards, flash cards), safety meeting minutes and historical data sheets.

Facilities and equipment may include access to field and laboratory record forms, laboratory coats, safety glasses and gloves, and sampling equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $560
  • Materials fee: $100

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
MSS40218 Certificate IV In Environmental Monitoring and Technology - BEA9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 8 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
  • MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024013 Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician
  • MSS024014 Implement environmental management plans and procedures
  • MSS024015 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
  • MSS024016 Process and present environmental data
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
  • MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL973013 Perform basic tests
  • MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • MSL974021 Perform biological procedures
  • MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024018 Perform sampling and testing of water
  • MSS025023 Plan and conduct environmental project work

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written and knowledge based questions, assignments such as projects and evidence portfolios and direct observation including role plays and practical activities.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to a fully equipped wet and analytical laboratory, computers, staff driven vehicles, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, learning games (quiz, memory cards, flash cards), safety meeting minutes and historical data sheets.

Facilities and equipment may include access to field and laboratory record forms, laboratory coats, safety glasses and gloves, and sampling equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $560
  • Materials fee: $100

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

Year 11/12
MSS40218 Certificate IV In Environmental Monitoring and Technology - BEA9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 8 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL943004 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety
  • MSL952001 Collect routine site samples
  • MSL974022 Undertake environmental field-based monitoring
  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024013 Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician
  • MSS024014 Implement environmental management plans and procedures
  • MSS024015 Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site
  • MSS024016 Process and present environmental data
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MSL924004 Use laboratory application software
  • MSL934004 Maintain and calibrate instruments and equipment
  • MSL973013 Perform basic tests
  • MSL974019 Perform chemical tests and procedures
  • MSL974021 Perform biological procedures
  • MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSS024018 Perform sampling and testing of water
  • MSS025023 Plan and conduct environmental project work

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written and knowledge based questions, assignments such as projects and evidence portfolios and direct observation including role plays and practical activities.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to a fully equipped wet and analytical laboratory, computers, staff driven vehicles, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, learning games (quiz, memory cards, flash cards), safety meeting minutes and historical data sheets.

Facilities and equipment may include access to field and laboratory record forms, laboratory coats, safety glasses and gloves, and sampling equipment.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

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Last updated on December 1, 2022